Board and Staff

Board Members

Paul Mills playing guitar and singing into microphone

Chair

Paul Mills, a musician, musical arranger and record producer/engineer has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for close to fifty years. He has produced over two hundred albums working with artists such as Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Ron Hynes.

He is the past President of Folk Music Ontario and has served on the Boards of Folk Music Canada and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Recently Paul was named as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Photo of Paul Tomlinson

Treasurer

Paul began volunteering at the 2015 Home County Music & Art Festival, assisting in the Beergarden.  He joined the Board of Directors in November of that year and was elected Treasurer, a position he has held since.

Paul had a 30+ year career working on the Western campus, first with Student Services and then with the undergraduate student government (USC).  He held senior management positions in each organization, managing business and service operations and numerous projects.

Leigh-Anne Fraser

Secretary

Born in London and raised in the Ottawa Area, Leigh-Anne Fraser has balanced her passion for writing, art and photography with a commitment to help others most in need in throughout her life, both locally and internationally. Her artwork has found its way to Australia, South America, Africa and Europe.

 

Leigh-Anne has been a long-time supporter of Home County Music & Art Festival.  She has worked in the non-profit industry for twenty-eight years, and is currently a finance coordinator with Mission Services of London.

Ahmed Bakare

Board Member

 

Ahmed hails from Lagos, Nigeria, and is an Engineer and certified Project Management Professional.  He is a lover of all genres of Music, Art, and enjoys reading and writing for leisure.  He recently migrated to London, ON, and looks to spread his love for Music and Art through the Home County Folk League.

Andrew Ganter

Board Member

Originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Andrew is a Digital Marketing Specialist who leverages data-driven insights to elevate brands and enhance customer experiences.

Andrew is a graduate of the Business Management program at Western University and holds a certificate in Digital Marketing from McMaster University. 

He has extensive experience working on non-profit events in Sarnia, such as The Festival of Good Things, The Sarnia Art Walk, and The Run of Exploding Colour.

Andrew has a passion for Canadian indie music and a devotion to community building.

Amanda Lynn Stubley

Board Member

Amanda Lynn Stubley is a London musician and radio DJ.

She performs solo and with The Heartaches Stringband, and hosts For The Folk Wednesdays at 8:30 pm on 94.9 CHRW. Amanda Lynn holds a masters degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina.

She also enjoys gardening, canoeing and home canning.

Bassam Lazar

Board Member

 

Bassam Lazar is a real estate and business lawyer who tries to find time to genuinely give back. Along with raising little Sofia and Rosa with his wife, Bassam keeps an ear to the pulse of the community, looking to do what he can. 

Bassam and his family arrived in 1993 as government sponsored refugees. Other than attending law school in Windsor, Bassam has largely spent his life in London. 

Bassam enjoys the thrill of running his own practice, connecting with friends who inspire him…

photo of Jenny Rensby

Board Member

Jenny has been a long time supporter of Home County. She is currently Site Coordinator for the festival. Jenny is CFO of her own exploration company as well as a business manager for several other small businesses.  She brings many years of administrative and financial experience. 

 

Jenny is also a recent Fanshawe College graduate in Recreation & Leisure Services, specializing in Special Event Planning, as well as a local singer/songwriter who has hosted several musical events and open mics in the city. 

Stephanie Joselyn-Fogarty

Board Member

Stephanie has lived in London most of her life and is a graduate of Western University and a retired Social Worker. As a Social Worker, she enjoyed helping to foster healthy communities and healthy people. In recent years, she has worked at being a textile artisan.

Stephanie likes to give back to her community through volunteer work; she has previous experience on other not-for-profit Boards of Directors here in London, committee work with the City of London, and presently with Victim Services Middlesex London.

Stephanie…

Vince McNeil

Board Member

Vincent McNeil is a poet, writer, actor, visual artist, and teacher with 40+ years experience in the arts. 
 

Through his company Airtight Music Management, he participated in the folk music scene as a Booking Agent, Artist manager and Music Concert Series Promoter. 
 

Vincent is a past Board member of the Eaglewood Folk Festival. Most recently, he is the owner/operator of a corporate Communication & Presentation training company, Intuitive Dynamics Training, and also runs Breakout Improv, a theatre skills training company.

Staff Members

Photo of Martha Zimmerman

Office Administrator

Martha Zimmerman is a life-long Londoner who has loved Home County since the early 1980s.  She is a local actor and director and a recent graduate of the Theatre Studies program at Western (2020). 

Martha has been with Home County since 2016, and enjoys her role as office administrator and bookkeeper.

Tim Fraser headshot

Artistic Director

Tim Fraser was the Founder of Murdoch Entertainment, an artist management and entertainment booking agency located in London, Ontario.

A graduate of Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program, Tim spent several years at Canada's oldest iindependent folk label, True North Records as the Digital Marketing Manager.

Today, Tim is an agent with Degy Entertainment, an active board member on several notable Canadian music organizations, and has served as a guest on panels at industry events.